Wednesday, December 18, 2013


Like a little something new added every year to the decorations.  After I clean and organize my sewing room it becomes "my studio",  and is much more worthy of some holiday garnishes.   An empty space was revealed on top of my favorite cabinet.
Some years ago I found this primitive little plaster bird guy at Anthropologie.  And he wanted in.
So, because i just have nothing else to do, I made him a little santa hat and gave him a new setting in which to sing.  Love to decorate don't you?  Just little things.

Sunday, December 15, 2013


Remember Lulu of . . she won that apron pattern?
In case you thought that Lulu makes only an apron or two,  take a look at these booth pictures.
My friend Janet took the photos at a recent art show in Portland.

 If like me, you did not get to attend this show . . let's all
"Boo Hoo" together.
Or . . hop on over to her Etsy site.
I just got the most unique little santa ornament there, and some wonderful cards that are
Very Lulu.

You would have to agree wouldn't you . . Lulu IS her art.

I love Unique.

Monday, December 9, 2013


Went to 3 Christmas Faires this past weekend.  Crafting is still alive and well.
Would you like to see my favorite purchase?  
Two soft and colorful jingle balls and a crinkley little blankie.
Love her modern and well put together fabrics as well as her very reasonable prices.
Her booth was packed full of wonderful children's quilts stuffed toys, balls, blocks and more.
Everything so delightful and fresh!
Each item hand made by Crystal Barrow of Lil Comfies.  
And guess what . . besides her booth items, she takes special orders.
You can see more pictures of her booth and items on her Facebook Page.
You can also click on her name above to email her if you would like to purchase any of her
Lil Comfies.
Oh .  and be sure to check out her heavenly Lil stuffed Hippos.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013


The Petaluma Quilt Guild was 20 years old this September - that calls for a celebration for the 100 members.   Sara Zander was part of a planning committee for table centerpieces.  Some would become prizes after the big dinners.  She needed 2 for each table, 24 in all.  Using our Four Mini Pincushions pattern, she adapted them to fit atop teacups which they found at thrift stores.
Being a proficient embroideress and teacher, she embellished each in her own creative way.
 A little note about this pattern . . my friend Sue miniaturized a number of my designs and made them up into all of these adorable tiny pins and pincushions.   Now feast your eyes on what Sara has done with them. 


A national teacher for 
The Embroiderers' Guild
of America,
Sara had no difficulties embellishing these way beyond the designs offered in the pattern.
Marvelous . . every single one.

And then . .with a little help from her friends . . the Tea Cup Pincushions.
You are wanting one aren't you . . me too?
Twenty Four Cups of warm and wooly wonder! 

Sara, busy as she is, even manages to belong to the Red Hat Society.
Please be sure to visit her website,  And do not leave before viewing her Portfolio.  I did.  And came upon this Door image.  Instantly I recognized it as an image that motivated me to purchase a copy of Quilting Arts Magazine.  It was in 2008 and it was one issue I could not bare to pass on . . it was that incredibly intriguing Door!
The Door was runner up in the magazine's
Doorway To Imagination contest.  You can read more about it, and Sara, on her website.
I feel so honored that she chose one of our designs to go wild with.  And thank you not only to Sara but also to our mutual dear friend Cheri who encouraged her to send me these pictures and this delightful stitching story.  
LOVE this Stitching World.  It is the best life isn't it?
So . . what are you stitching on?